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Posted on 10/30/2011 7:06:28 PM PDT by markomalley
Herman Cain's campaign headquarters has released a response to a story, broken this evening on Politico, that in the 1990s two female employees of the National Restaurant Association "complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain," who at the time was head of the trade group.
Calling the story "thinly source allegations," Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon said: "Since Washington establishment critics haven't had much luck in attacking Mr. Cain's ideas to fix a bad economy and create jobs, they are trying to attack him in any way they can." Gordon did not address any of the specific allegations in the report. Asked for a more specific answer, the campaign did not provide details.
Here is Gordon's complete response:
Inside the Beltway media attacks Cain
Fearing the message of Herman Cain who is shaking up the political landscape in Washington, Inside the Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain.
Dredging up thinly sourced allegations stemming from Mr. Cains tenure as the Chief Executive Officer at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, political trade press are now casting aspersions on his character and spreading rumors that never stood up to the facts.
Since Washington establishment critics haven't had much luck in attacking Mr. Cain's ideas to fix a bad economy and create jobs, they are trying to attack him in any way they can.
Sadly, weve seen this movie played out before a prominent Conservative targeted by liberals simply because they disagree with his politics.
Mr. Cain -- and all Americans, deserve better.
Cain is likely to face questions about the matter on Monday. He is scheduled to appear at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington in the morning to discuss his 9-9-9 tax plan, and then speak -- and take questions -- at the National Press Club at lunch.
This is Romney’s doings.
I KNEW they would do this, desperate as they are. But, Herman Cain will prevail and it will all come full circle on whomever instigated it, and really ruin THEIR picnic. Guaranteed.
Shame on all you FReepers who are complicit.
I’m mad as hell over this. But, what can I do, for now, except watch it play out.
MAY 15, 2011
Herman Cain sounds off on race, a debate win, and the need to simplify government
By:Byron York | 05/15/11 7:35 PM
[snip] .... “Here’s my theory,” said Cain, leaning forward in his chair. “Let’s talk about the current field of Republican candidates. They can’t go after Obama as hard as I can because they’re not black. I think that, either subconsciously or deliberately, they are being coached to not say it a certain way, that you’re going to be labeled a racist and the liberal media is going to try to bring you down, because they still want to protect their precious Obama.”
Cain believes his audiences are a different story. “The voters, they hear my message first, not ‘He could take it to Obama,’ because they are more concerned about stopping Obama than taking it to Obama,” he explained. “This is what I’m hearing and this is what I’m feeling. And the race card is going to be short-lived if Herman Cain gets the nomination.”
“They’re going to come after me more viciously than they would a white candidate,” Cain responded. “You’re right. Clarence Thomas. And so, to use Clarence Thomas as an example, I’m ready for the same high-tech lynching that he went through — for the good of this country.” Cain smiled broadly. “I’m ready for the same high-tech lynching.” .........” [snip]
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October 22, 2011
No Mitt, No Más
By Chet Arthur
Sometimes it seems as if the GOP Establishment is sleepwalking off a cliff. In 1996, having scored the stunning victories of the off-year congressional elections, the GOP suits dutifully lined up behind the impossible Bob Dole. From the moment Americans realized their choices would be Clinton or Dole, “Bubba” was never behind one day in the polls.
It’s looking like déjà Dole all over again. Mitt Romney is the proverbial GOP next-in-liner. After the Tea Party helped Republicans score major victories in ‘10, the GOP Establishment is hunting desperately for a way to lose the very next election.
Mitt Romney is a wonderful husband and father. He is intelligent and articulate. He rightly rejected religious bigotry, delivering a splendid speech on the topic at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library the last time around.
But he is a terrible candidate. At a time when Americans are hungering for a conviction politician, Mitt Romney is the picture of inconstancy. He will say what he needs to say to get elected. In Massachusetts, he’ll campaign as more liberal than Ted Kennedy, a moderate in the mold of Edward Brooke, or a conservative on the make.
In ‘08, this man who managed to sit out the Reagan revolution spent millions on attack ads lambasting his foes for being insufficiently conservative.
The Republicans in 2004 let Democrat Matthew Dowd run their re-election campaign for George W. Bush. Instead of going after Massachusetts über-liberal John Kerry for his 30-year career of far-left votes, the Bush campaign decided to showcase Kerry’s vote on an $87-billion appropriations bill for the war in Iraq. “I voted for the bill before I voted against it,” said the hapless Kerry. There, that’s it. The re-elect team bored the country for months with cries of “Massachusetts Flip-Flopper!”
They didn’t highlight any of the far-left positions Kerry had taken over decades. He had voted liberal with metronomic consistency throughout his career. But that would have called for a campaign based on principled conservatism. That would have required highlighting the differences on issues like the sanctity of human life and the defense of marriage. Better not risk it. Stick with “Massachusetts Flip-Flopper.”
How good does that $87-billion investment in “Operation Iraqi Freedom” look today? Maybe we should ask the hundreds of thousands of Assyrian Christians who have had to flee Iraq, where their ancestors lived since the Apostle Mark brought the Gospel to them.
Or maybe we should ask ourselves what kind of “Enduring Freedom” there is in Afghanistan, now that the last Christian church has been closed and there is but one Jew left in the country.
To appease our Afghan friends, our commanding general felt it necessary to burn Pashto-language Bibles. Ten years in, the U.S. command still provides security for Hamid Karzai, a man who admits that he is on the take from the mullahs in Tehran. For this, we have paid $457,000 per hour since 2001.
Mitt Romney wants to send another 100,000 troops to Afghanistan. This most pliable of candidates seems not to have polled that one. Americans have long since concluded that Afghanistan is not going to be a functional liberal democracy any time soon. Purple fingers as proof of having voted are meaningless if 99% of Afghan women and 99% of Afghan men join to vote in a government that wants to kill Abdul Rahman. That young man converted to Christianity and was sentenced to die by a government we had installed.
“Men of intemperate minds cannot be free,” said Edmund Burke, the father of conservatism; “their passions forge their fetters.” And Burke had never been to Kabul.
Mitt Romney is basing his campaign on his superior business savvy. Good thing, since we would not want to look too closely at RomneyCare in Massachusetts. It not only embraced the unconstitutional individual mandate, but it extended coverage for abortion in the Bay State.
Romney says he does not want to sign the Susan B. Anthony pledge to defund all outfits that kill the unborn. Why? Because that would cut off federal funds to hospitals that do abortions. Yet, he doubtless believes he can sell us on “building a culture of life.”
That lovely phrase from the late Pope John Paul II is a lifesaver for politicians who can talk “culture of life” while shoveling money to the engines of death.
Romney is more than willing to tax us for the killing of embryonic humans while he claims the pro-life mantle. How does that work? He might have pursued instead the most promising treatments that are found in ethical stem cell research — from adult stem cells and other morally uncompromised sources.
Again, he’s shovel-ready.
By saying he believes in anthropogenic global warming, Romney will try to become the first politician ever to accept Al Gore’s premises without the policies that go with his ideology. These policies invariably include more government micro-management of the economy and population control.
And then there’s Mitt’s plastic persona. He is not liked and unlikely to become liked. It was T.R.’s indomitable daughter, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, who summed up Thomas Dewey’s “can’t lose” campaign in 1948. “He’s the little man on the wedding cake,” she said acidly.
Mitt Romney is Thomas Dewey, only taller.
When the complainer pays the legal fees of their target, you know it was bogus.
So I wonder what Herman did, exactly, to these women ...like hold the door open for them or something??
You don’t think they would do the same to Gingrich? And WORSE?
Ahh, another Anita Perry fan ripping Herman Cain.
Wrong.. this has Perry written all over it. His free fall finally settled and now he’s launching attacks against conservatives.
Rick Perry is a sleazeball.
Likely. But Perry has his own skeletons, and liberals in Austin are just waiting to reveal them.
” Romney or Perry behind this? Take your pick. “
A former board member contacted Politico.
“ The first woman was identified to POLITICO
by a former association board member
and her identity was confirmed by two additional sources.”
This particular board member was not told about the Cain settlement until he or she attended a board meeting and
trade expo in 1999.
The board member was upset that he or she wasn’t aware of the settlement earlier.
What I took offense at was that it was clear that rather than deal with the issue, there was an effort to hush it up.
She was offered a way out to keep quiet.
Take this crap to DU or somewhere else! All of your accusations are complete and utter B.S! Your post is beyond outrageous.
Who benefits the most from the timing? Rick Perry who finally halted his free-fall with a decent couple interviews.
This is 100% Anita Perry’s work.
When he was asked about the committee hearings he said it was all about one issue.
Roe vs. Wade.
When I heard him say that, it framed the entire historical picture differently.
It wasn't that I didn't know about the oppositional forces against his appointment. It was just the steely look in his eye when he said, “Roe vs. Wade” that made his appointment feel like that much more of a hard-won battle. He knew going in that it would be bloody. It became historical, and he was still appointed. That speaks to his resolve, I believe.
Cain is ready for this. He's been anticipating how nasty this race will become.
Lol...you still around Axelrod?
“Wheres Barrys women? Was he gay before he met Michelle”
No he turned gay after. LOL!
Oh, I gotta use that one. Thanks!
“They’re going to come after me more viciously than they would a white candidate,” Cain responded. “You’re right. Clarence Thomas. And so, to use Clarence Thomas as an example, I’m ready for the same high-tech lynching that he went through — for the good of this country.” Cain smiled broadly. “I’m ready for the same high-tech lynching.”
You dont think they would do the same to Gingrich? And WORSE?
Well, Newt is my second choice, after Herman. And, Newt has been around so long; what else can they dig up on him? If not Herman or Newt heading up the GOP Ticket in 2012, then who? Who is left who is Conservative and can win? Certainly not Bachmann or Perry. Santorum??? I dunno.
Yes, and I say he needs tobe very strong here and call it what it is..a tactic of the leftist to falsely judge a man in the mind of the voters. Pure evil and say it loudly Herman! Go on the attack, with a twinkle in your eye.
The denial was in the associated press article. Did you not see that?
Associated Press - “Asked if Cain’s campaign was denying the report, Gordon said, “Yes.””
That being said, I think Cain will weather this thing. If one of the complainants want to forfeit whatever they received in the settlement and bring their grievances into the court of public opinion, then we can evaluate the issue further.
lol @ “he or she”. If it’s a “he”, then I guess Cain will be able to get the GOProud vote /major, major sarc
Seriously, I want names. I wanna see if these board execs can be traced to a campaign, or if they were just trying to extort more money out of him.
Well, your tagline is a bit confusing then.
Geraldo tried to pigeon hole Gordon, Cain’s campaign manager, by trying to get him to categorically deny the story or that payments were made... this is what they do, lay out an impossible scenario so that whatever you say, you become entrapped. You can’t categorically deny the story, because it has not been fully flushed out yet... and you cannot categorically deny that payments were made, cause they probably were, but if you confirm that payments were made, they have the noose around your neck regardless the explanation... may God grant Cain wings of eagles, that he may soar above the filthy antics of these media elites and leftists bastards... and I account Geraldo a bastard.
A non-issue. So he must have said something that offended two women. There are politicians (like Gingrich) who have had actual affairs yet who continue to function.
Are you a Perrybot or a Mittbot? It’s hard to keep up with you all.
I think we ought to study the facts before jumping to a conclusion.
This is what Politico says:
“The sources which include the recollections of close associates and other documentation describe episodes that left the women upset and offended. These incidents include conversations allegedly filled with innuendo or personal questions of a sexually suggestive nature, taking place at hotels during conferences, at other officially sanctioned restaurant association events and at the associations offices. There were also descriptions of physical gestures that were not overtly sexual but that made women who experienced or witnessed them uncomfortable and that they regarded as improper in a professional relationship.”
Really? How the hell do you defend yourself against stuff like that. They’re basically saying “oh we can’t show or prove anything but it was harassment”
If that’s true, this is looking really bad for Cain.
Nonsense ... the Libs and/or Romney are behind this with the hopes of it being penned on Perry . It would serve to take out Romney’s two most likely opponents . Think outside the box ...
The is NO LOW that the lunatic fringe whacko liberal left wing won’t stoop to to discredit a respectable GOP/Tea Party candidate!!
Ref. Your Post #75: All I know is what I saw and heard with my own two ears a short while ago. People who are in his corner, Joe the Plumber, Mark Furhmann and Ann Coulter were all disappointed that he guy stone-walled. Not a good spokesman; he.
” I wanna see if these board execs can be traced to a campaign, or if they were just trying to extort more money out of him.”
From the article a lot of people in the industry and at the RGA knew about the accusations and the settlements.
The women probably told co workers at the time.
One woman’s new employer told Politico that he
knew about the settlement.
Politico has seen the legal settlement papers from the women themselves
and knows their names.
You can’t keep a lid on something like this when so many people
know about it and the women involved are willing to talk.
It made some of the women who witnessed it uncomfortable.
If I had to pay out every time I heard that I’d be under debtor’s prison. [Which I would bring back]
Gee did a coke can with a pubic hair on it show up in front them?
Cain will get the 60% whites that didn't vote for Obama last time.
Cain will strip 25% of the black vote from Obama.
Cain will get the permanently disaffected independents that voted for Obama last time.
Herman Cain is a guaranteed win. The Democratic Socialist Party and the RINO Socialist Party know it,
Down with communism.
Up with capitalism.
Power to the taxpayer.
You’ve gotta add a pic with Zero riding the girl’s bicycle.
What is your proof that Perry is behind this? You evidently know something if you're willing to make this claim. We all know you wouldn't make such a serious claim without proof.
I wish this story were more exciting, but it so old and boring. There is no sex anywhere in this story.
Oh good grief. The long knives are out now!!
Can you say “nuisance suit?” Another story on this said that both the women settled for “five figure” sums (i.e., somewhere from $10k to $99k) and signed nondisclosure agreements. To me, that screams nuisance suit. Cain probably told the women, “My goodness, don’t you look pretty today!” Big whoop.
Sorry, I understand now that what I said was confusing. I like them both equally. What I should have said was they’re the only two I can get excited about.
that’s nothing....I hear another guy running for president used to hang out with domestic terrorists!
Good points by Robert Stacey McCain tonight:
You have to read pretty far down into the Politico story before you find that response from Herman Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon, and the article sticks all the exculpatory material at the end:
Ron Magruder, Denise Marie Fugo and Joseph Fassler, the chair, vice chair and immediate past chairman of the National Restaurant Association board of directors at the time of Cains departure, said they hadnt heard about any complaints regarding Cain making unwanted advances.
I have never heard that. It would be news to me, said Fugo, who runs a Cleveland, Ohio, catering company, adding such behavior would be totally out of character for the Cain she knew. Hes very gracious.
Fassler, who helped bring Cain on board as CEO of the restaurant association, said that any inappropriate behavior was not brought to his attention and that he would be upset to learn it had gone on and he was not made aware of it.
Thats a shock to me, Fassler said. As an officer during all of Hermans years there as a paid executive none of that stuff ever surfaced to me. Nobody ever called me, complained about this, nor did I ever hear that from Peter Kilgore, nor did I ever hear that from Herman Cain.
Fassler who ran a Phoenix food-service company and finished his term as chairman the month before Cains June 1999 departure but remained on the boards executive committee described Cain as treating men and women identically and asserted it was not within his character to make unwanted advances. Its not what I know of him, Fassler said.
Much like Fassler, almost all board members remember Cain fondly and say he left on good terms.
Cain was extremely professional and fair to female staffers at the restaurant association, recalled Lee Ellen Hayes, who said she worked fairly closely with Cain in the late 1990s, when she was an executive at the National Restaurant Association Education Fund, a Chicago-based offshoot of the group.
Cains treatment of women was the same as his treatment of men. Herman treated everyone great, said Mary Ann Cricchio, who was elected to the board of the restaurant group in 1998. She said Cain left such a good impression on the organization that when he spoke at a group event in January of this year, as he was considering a presidential bid, he had unanimous support in the room.
We know nothing about the accusers and the specifics of the accusations from a dozen years ago are reported rather vaguely by Politico: episodes that left the women upset and offended and physical gestures that were not overtly sexual but that made women who experienced or witnessed them uncomfortable and that they regarded as improper in a professional relationship.
All in all, its a long run for a short slide. Unless and until we have some specifics including names, dates and places my instinct is to agree with Gordon that this is part of a smear campaign.
Why are Cains enemies firing the thermonuclear component of their oppo-research arsenal so early? Generally speaking in such matters, you save your big stuff for later in the campaign.